Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change. It signifies our identification with Christ and his saving work done on our behalf on the cross. Through being immersed and coming out of the water, we identify Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. With this act modeled by Christ (John 1.29-34), we give testimony to the fact that the old has passed away for us, and that he is making all things new. It is a bold statement of our desire to be Christ followers. Furthermore, Jesus’ final words in Matthew 28, often referred to as the Great Commission, include the admonition that we should be drawing people to Christ and “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We here at IBC believe that baptism is an important part of the journey in our faith.
If you are a believer in Christ, and have never been baptized, we encourage you to consider it. Baptisms are held in the middle of Town Square several times a year and are a time of joy and celebration.
As part of the baptism process at IBC, we require that everyone attend the Baptism orientation. This is a time to hear about baptism and what it means and to also share your story of coming to faith in a small group setting. The second step is the story filming. This is a time to share your story for filming. We then take pieces of the stories and share them in the worship service so our attenders can get to know you better and celebrate with you.
We are now registering for the next baptism on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.
You must attend a mandatory baptism orientation prior to baptism. The class for all ages will meet on August 9th at 12:30 p.m. in West D. Lunch will be served. On August 16th, we will gather for storytelling filming in the Alcove. (children at 12:30; adults and students at 1:15)
If this baptism date does not work for you, the next Baptism date would be: November 15, 2015 with the class on October 18th.